A new book on Ayodhya amply illustrates deep political motives behind sustaining the vexed dispute through past few decades. Written in Hindi by Sheetla Singh, a veteran journalist from Faizabad, who successfully founded and ran for past sixty years a local popular daily Jan Morcha, the book is titled Ayodhya[Read More…]
All learned pundits of foreign relations are shocked; majority of international community members are stunned; close American allies are traumatized and they are scrambling for words to respond to President Donald Trump’s sudden decision to pull out US troops from Syria. They were not prepared for such unpredictability of the[Read More…]
In the diverse culture of our country, it has been a policy to accommodate multiple religious beliefs. As India rapidly transforms – its public places have become the testing grounds for its famed multiculturalism – as to what is acceptable and unacceptable public behavior. But in what can be termed[Read More…]
The year 2018 saw some interesting movies that made the news or generated debates. Here are a few that stood out: Padmaavat: This remained perhaps the most controversial film of the year. Karni Sena, a right wing outfit burned the sets and launched a massive protest against what they believed[Read More…]
Jharkhand Mukti Morcha along with Rashtriya Janata Dal sided with the Jharkhand Party for the Kolebira Assembly bypoll elections. Earlier, Congress had supported JMM during the bypoll elections that took place in Sili and Gomia this year. Jharkhand Vikas Morcha continued its strong association with the Congress under the leadership of[Read More…]
The waves of farmer’s agitations across the country are beyond anything that has been seen since ’80s. India being an agrarian society with around 70% of its people depending directly or indirectly upon agriculture has started showing a clear indication of discontent as neoliberal policy reforms made their situation extremely[Read More…]
Success at ’Gender politics’ targeting women voters—50%, humility, bonding with poor
Hereon elections are going to be a closely contested affair and, thus, can hardly turn out to be a cakewalk for either the BJP or the Congress. This has to be more so with regard to the next Lok Sabha polls in 2019. Congress has made a stunning comeback through[Read More…]
The sheer timing of the raids indicates that the Centre’s ruling party, or the BJP, waited to make this move till the last day and last hours of the polls.
What has actually been lost in 26 years when an old mosque was pulled down at Ayodhya is not only a concrete structure built in medieval times but also quite a bit more vis-à-vis the present times. So much so that the ghosts of the demolished mosque still hover over[Read More…]
PEDL bicycles, a Zoomcar initiative, were launched as a hassle-free transport option in Pune.
Vaccines remain one of the most effective, low cost and efficient public health tools for the control of diseases and form a vital part of preventive medicine for control and eradication of diseases. Years 2011-20 were declared the Decade of Vaccines. The Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) was endorsed by[Read More…]
As Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman prepares to visit the US in the first week of December, her agenda includes not only high-tech defence products that India will purchase under the government to government deal, but also issues related to the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement(BECA) and CAATSA. Due to fast[Read More…]
BIG FIGHTS: All eyes on these constituencies in Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls 2018.
The debate on whether women can have it all keeps coming up. Recently it is being asked in connection with Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. Author of the book Lean In, she wrote and spoke about how women can have it all – from successful careers, especially in traditionally[Read More…]
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu’s move to lay a foundation stone for Kartarpur Sahib road corridor in village Mann in Gurdaspur district in Punjab, has of course taken place at a time when relations between India and Pakistan are in the worst phase of their diplomatic engagement. Even though the two[Read More…]
BJP’s Election Manifesto of 2014 and Narendra Modi’s speeches during the campaign seemed literally like a wish-list of the farmers of India.
While Shivraj appears humble and will promise the moon despite knowing practical difficulties, Diggy was quite blunt. Ironically, people want their leaders to be dream merchants, don’t want them to be harsh.
Through past five months, or after pulling out its support to Mehbooba Mufti-led State Government the BJP did try to find an alternative to Mehbooba.
It is now increasingly becoming clear Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had miscalculated his chances in advancing elections by eight months. Apparently, it was to deny the opposition time to regroup, but ironically the decision only acted as a catalyst that accelerated the formation of a grand alliance against[Read More…]
As the world’s largest democracy, it is important that India act as a role model in many aspects. Considering ‘Media as Fourth pillar of its State’, India should be in forefront in safeguarding its media and promoting press freedom on the international stage. As a founding member of the Community[Read More…]
BHOPAL: BJP has won three consecutive assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh and it now hopes that after this long period of 15 years, people would once again repose their faith in the party. Many within the BJP reassure themselves by saying that the party’s vote share in MP was far[Read More…]
In view of their energy demand, the US which has imposed the second wave of sanctions on Iran, has exempted 8 countries, including India, Japan, South Korea and China from any punitive trade actions for six months. Shut off from dollar-dominated exchange, Iran will sell its oil to these countries[Read More…]
One of the most important contributions of Jawaharlal Nehru was the firm anchoring of secularism as a core character of India polity
Sri Lankan President Maithiripala Sirisena has dissolved parliament and has called snap election in the country for January 5, forcing his political rival and deposed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to challenge the President’s decision in the country’s Supreme Court. Is the Sri Lankan President’s move aimed at scoring political points for[Read More…]
The book India Wins Freedom gives a detailed description and analysis of the formation of India and the meaning of India partitioned ‘Pakistan’. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad is a person who is the custodian of being a pacifist, well-read, peace-loving, an intellectual of secularism, sovereignty and a man of his[Read More…]
From the agenda of development the guiding principle of the present disposition has taken a turn towards repainting the symbols that once stood for national unity, integrity and secularism. In the scheme of thing, the next step is to demonise Muslim rulers. From changing names of the cities and railway[Read More…]
On the birth anniversary of Abul Kalam Azad, here’s everything to know!
Trudging on war victory is not possible when people standing in line to cheer you turn down their back instead. This is what has happened to US President Donald Trump whose leadership has suffered a hemorrhage as American voters have chosen to show him mirror in the mid-term election to[Read More…]
One may not read much into bye-elections but this here Karnataka ones are a trifle different – from the state as well as national perspective. The ruling Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) combine won four out of the five bye-elections to three Lok Sabha and two assembly seats. In itself, these seats[Read More…]